Khan's Manager: We Need a Sky, HBO Ruling on McCloskey

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

AMIR KHAN is waiting on the approval of Sky Sports for Paul McCloskey to be his next opponent in Manchester on April 16.

The Bolton boxer turned to Northern Irishman McCloskey as a challenger for his next world title defence following the collapse in negotiations with American Lamont Peterson.

Khan, 24, claims Peterson has priced himself out of challenging him at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Both WBA light-welterweight champion Khan and European king McCloskey – ranked No 5 by the WBA – are both willing to meet next.

But Sky TV must now decide if McCloskey is a big enough name for the fight to be a pay-per-view event.

Aussie lightweight Michael Katsidis, who destroyed Londoner Kevin Mitchell in May – and American Victor Ortiz – are also possible opponents.

Khan’s manager Asif Vali said: “If Sky and American broadcaster HBO agree, we can do the McCloskey fight. It’s up to them. Peterson’s demands were too excessive.

“Ortiz and Katsidis and a couple of other Americans are the other options.”

Carl Froch will defend his WBC super-middleweight title against Jamaican veteran Glenn Johnson in either Nottingham, Montreal or Las Vegas.

Froch said: “I’m looking at May 21 and I’m going to push to have it in England. Of my last four fights, only one was at home and that was at ­ 3 o’clock in the morning.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Steward on 01-16-2011

I don't understand why he isn't fighting Maidana again... Fight of the Year candidate?! ... He barely escaped... surely he'd want to answer all the lingering questions surrounding the win... As for money, sure it would do twice as well…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 01-16-2011

[QUOTE=Hitman932;9967313]Maidana was Khan's mandatory you pasty ass green teef loser. You obviously don't know jack sh*t just like the rest of the UK jokers on this board.[/QUOTE] He still didnt neccesarily have to fight him. He could've dropped his belt…

Comment by D-MiZe on 01-16-2011

Hitman is furious!

Comment by Hitman932 on 01-16-2011

[QUOTE=maverickuk2;9967294]oh so maidaina was not a credible opponent? o.k then your theory.[/QUOTE] Maidana was Khan's mandatory you pasty ass green teef loser. You obviously don't know jack sh*t just like the rest of the UK jokers on this board.

Comment by maverickuk2 on 01-16-2011

[QUOTE=Hitman932;9965052]Khan, like fellow British joke Haye, will always take the path of least resistance. The only time either man will ever face a credible opponent is when it's their mandatory and they have no choice.[/QUOTE] oh so maidaina was not…

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